Sparking Industrial Innovation

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

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Beside the roaring of the Paterson waterfall, American innovation took flight. Explore the town where industry, innovation, and immigrants changed the status quo in the United States.
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Paterson Great Falls Information

America's first planned industrial city, Paterson Great Falls offers historic mill tours and stories of founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

America's first planned industrial city, Paterson Great Falls offers historic mill tours and stories of founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state." — Alexander Hamilton 

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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is home to one of the nation's largest waterfalls. The Great Falls of the Passaic River and the surrounding historic buildings and raceways are the foundation for stories of Alexander Hamilton, the Industrial Revolution, the labor movement, and the important contributions of immigrants to the making of America.  

Hamilton envisioned Paterson, with its waterpower provided by the Great Falls of the Passaic River, as America's counterpart and response to the English industrial revolution. 

Today, immigrants still settle down in Paterson to pursue their versions of Hamilton's vision—creating a diverse and vibrant culture. The history of the City of Paterson includes its beginnings as the ambitious project of Hamilton and the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers (S.U.M.), the early development of water power systems for industrial use, and the various types of manufacturing that occurred in the District's mills into the 20th Century. These included cotton fabrics, railroad locomotives, textile machinery, jute, and silk spinning, weaving, and dyeing, among many others.  

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